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Automan (1983)

Cancelled after 12 episodes

The police show Automan almost made it through all 13 episodes of its first season, but sadly it was yanked just one episode shy of that modest goal. Desi Arnaz Jr. starred as a police officer and computer programmer who creates the computer-generated sidekick for whom the program is named, and its advanced special effects (by 1983 standards) owed more than a small debt to the original version of Tron.

The show earned a small but devoted following among science fiction fans and computer technology aficionados, but unfortunately, that just wasn’t a lot of people in 1983, and Automan was pulled from the air just before completing its first season.

Photo: 20th Century Fox Television